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DeeAnn Hopings
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Registered On: November 10, 2019
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But–Dee—What if a person isn’t so lucky to work for a company like where You worked– I’ve tried to find another job where it might work but no such luck– I really have–

Jane:

Sorry that I missed your message…

I was fortunate in that I didn’t come out until just a bit over 3 months before I retired. I worked for Corning, Inc. and while I identify as transgender non-binary, I never had dysphoria. What I did eventually realize was that never saw myself as completely male or completely female. Therefore, since I had no plans to transition, I didn’t have intimate knowledge of the healthcare coverages for trans people.

However, I will pass along some organizations that might be good sources of information for you.

I don’t know what you do or where you are, but one way to get a sense of which companies are in support of the LGBT community is to check their web sites and see who contributes. So, it is not only a matter of who, but also how high up they are.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest LGBT advocate organization in the US. There was a point in time where they sold out the T community in order to get some legislation passed. However, the current president and his predecessor have worked to correct that scar. They do a yearly survey called the Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The thing is you can’t just “say” that you have policies. You actually have to produce the documentation, demonstrate that it is signed off by upper management, document how those policies are enforced and evolve over time. They also do other studies: Healthcare Equality Index, Municipal Equality Index and there may be 1 or 2 others. All the surveys are scored by the criteria set by HRC and the result posted online and I think it can also be downloaded. Corning scored 100% for a number of years. Since moving to the desert, I was on the Steering Committee for our local Palm Springs HRC group.

There is a magazine called DiversityInc. They do surveys, but with a broader focus including women and minorities as well as LGBT folks. They also do a number of in depth articles on diversity and inclusion, politics, how current events effect diversity and inclusion efforts, etc. When I was still working, I was a subscriber for a number of years.

There is an organization called Out & Equal. Their focus is on LGBT issues in the workplace. They are advocates and work on education and awareness. They do yearly gatherings and workshops. I, along with several other members of our employee affinity group, have attended their Workplace Summit, their yearly 5 day signature event.

Also, on the GLAAD site is a list of trans organizations: https://www.glaad.org/transgender/resources

Anyway, dig into some of the various sites and organization and hopefully you can find some information that will help you move forward.

Be Well,

DeeAnn

 

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